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How Moisture Attracts Pests

Water is essential for all living things. If it’s alive, it needs some water to survive, no matter how little. A human should drink approximately eight glasses of water a day in order to stay hydrated. Pest like mosquitoes and rats, on the other hand, require much less. That’s why if you want to keep your house pest free, it’s critical that you reduce the moisture in your house to a bare minimum. Here is how the moisture in your house attracts pests and some ways to keep the moisture in your house low.

How Moisture Attracts Pests

When we think of the water in a person's home, we usually think of the sink, the toilet, the bathtub, etc. However, water is all around us and we inhale it everytime time we breathe. The water that pests like cockroaches are looking isn’t found in a bottle, it’s found on basement floors, in crawl spaces, around boiler room pipes and inside wooden beams. This is the water they look for and use to survive. Moisture on and around the outside of your house, such as within overgrown lawns and clogged gutters, can attract pests as well, so keep that in mind.

Ways to Reduce the Moisture Levels in Your House

There are many ways to reduce the moisture in your house and yard. One of the most effective (and most obvious) ways of lowering moisture levels is by running a dehumidifier. These machines are extremely useful, especially in basements where moisture is more likely to build up. If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then running a fan in high moisture areas will suffice. Next, look around your house and fix any leaking pipes you find. Also, don’t forget to check the caulking in your bathtub/shower. If it’s worn or torn off, there could be water seeping into your basements ceiling. As for outside your home, make sure your gutters are working properly, your downspout is aimed away from your house, and that your grass is mowed on a weekly basis. Do all this, and your moisture should be at an appropriate level.

Moisture control and pest control go hand-in-hand, and for clear reasons. One of the best ways to prevent pests is by keeping your moisture as low as possible. Fortunately, you don’t have to dry every corner of your house with a paper towel, it can be done with just a few easy steps. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact our team today.

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